Fujimori's Forced Sterilization Campaign.
Reporter: Juliana Ruhfus
Director: Ivan O'Mahoney
Producer/Camera: Guillermo Galdos
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"The police said to my husband 'if she
doesn't get sterilised, the police will arrest you right now and you
will be sterilised instead... they threw me on the trolley and tied me
up" Rudesinda Quillawamang.
When Fujimori launched a massive family planning campaign in the
mid-nineties it was widely hailed and supported by the United Nations
and international aid agencies alike. His aim, he said, was to liberate
men and women from the burden of poverty and large families. Now, he's
facing genocide charges. During the Fujimori regime, the current
government says, over 300,000 men and women were sterilised against
Insight News Television investigates forced sterilisations in Peru. We
talk to victims, health workers and others involved, and uncover a dark
military plan of social engineering called 'Plan Verde.'
In the Andes we meet Rudesinda, a young Quetchua Indian woman. She says
she was dragged to the operating theatre and forcibly sterilised. And
it wasn't just the countryside where poor people were targeted.
Mary Elena says she was 17 when she went into a Lima hospital for a
caesarean. After the birth of her son she found out that doctors had
sterilised her. When her husband discovered that she was now infertile,
he left her. 'In this hospital they ruined my life, she says. 'I think
the government wanted to get rid of poor people like me.'
We obtain a full, unpublished, government report about the scandal. The
report exposes a sinister military plan, called Plan Verde, to
exterminate entire social groups such as the poor and criminals. The
military and intelligence sources in the report are all anonymous, but
we track down one source. This former military officer details how the
military was indeed deployed to sterilise people.
Finally, we question one of the doctors responsible for the
sterilisations. Dr Washington is now running for mayor in Anta. Despite
the evidence against him, he's in comfortable denial. 'Many women are
very happy for what was done to them. They have less children,
definitely, but they are happy."